San Patricio, Victoria Counties in running for Exxon facilitySan Patricio, Victoria Counties in running for Exxon facilityhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=140102016-07-29T05:00:00Z2016-07-29T16:00:00Z

​​​​IRVING – San Patricio and Victoria counties are on the shortlist of places to become home to the world's largest steam cracker plant. 

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. are planning to build a facility that would be capable of producing 1.8 million tons per year of ethylene and would feed a monoethylene​ glycol plant and two polyethylene plants. 

San Patricio County's proximity to the 3,000-square-mile Eagle Ford Shale, along with its growing industrial workforce and the infrastructure the port provides, may be among its greatest advantages, energy experts say.

According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the port also is in the final stages of a $28 million expansion of its railroad system and is building several new doc​ks. Last year, the port authority issued $115 million in revenue bonds both to buy land and to help finance a variety of capital projects over the next decade.​

The Port of Victoria is the proposed location for the plant if the company picks Victoria County, according to the Victoria Advocate. Port officials have improved the property in recent years by adding infrastructure such as more liquid cargo docks, general cargo docks, roadways, and rails.​

It has almost 2,000 acres that accesses inland waterways that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, dual rail service, and four-lane divided interstate highways. The port has an abundance of natural gas in the area, and it will also have access to the future designated route of I-69. It received a McCallum Sweeney Consulting certification within the past year, which certifies that the port has large industrial sites that are ready for significant projects.

Ascension and St. James Parishes in Louisiana are also being considered.​

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